Crown Research Institutes Directors

Date:  04-Aug-2022

Wellington, NZ, 6011

Crown Research Institutes Directors


On behalf of the shareholding Ministers, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment is seeking candidates who wish to be considered for appointment as Directors for Crown Research Institutes (CRI) boards.


MBIE is seeking Directors on the following CRI boards:  Institute of Environmental Science and Research Limited (ESR), Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences Limited (GNS Science), New Zealand Forest Research Institute Limited (Scion) and New Zealand Institute of Plant and Food Research Limited (Plant and Food Research).

People with the following qualities are sought to fill these vacancies


The Minister of Research, Science and Innovation is seeking candidates who can provide one or more of the following specific skills and experience:


  • Financial acumen, including audit and risk management experience.
  • A background in science, with strong credibility and connections across New Zealand’s science system.
  • Knowledge of Te Ao Māori and connections to Māori.
  • Strong governance experience.
  • Strategic leadership and financial leadership skills.
  • Legal expertise, preferably with experience in litigation.


Candidates will be expected to have a genuine interest in the work of ESR, GNS Science, Scion and/or Plant and Food Research, as well as the motivation and availability needed to be able to effectively carry out the role a CRI board Director.

More information


This is a contestable process and applications will be assessed according to the skills and experience the ESR, GNS Science, Scion and/or Plant and Food Research boards require at this particular time.

MBIE is committed to considering candidates from a diverse range of backgrounds, including age, gender, ethnicity and geographic locations, to enable the CRI boards to be high-performing.

Candidates wishing to put forward an expression of interest should enclose a copy of their CV and submit a cover letter outlining why they wish to be a CRI board Director.

Please refer to the position description for more details.

Applications close on Wednesday, 24 August 2022.

For enquiries about the position, please contact